The wisdom of Rest
W R I T T E N B Y Allison Mondel
I am taking some time away up on the coast of Maine with my family for two weeks.
(Two weeks. It seems like two years!)
It’s such a vital reflection point, taking the space and time to remove yourself from the regular comings and goings of life and work. It seems like my brain has been literally rewired overnight.
And in the absence of undergoing the functions of what I *should* be doing, I am asking: what do I choose to do?
What are the components of a beautiful, sacred, and thriving life / art / work?
Well, it seems to me that it’s pretty simple, really.
The tricky bit is waiting for the outside stuff to match the inside stuff.
It reminds me of the tides. I have never witnessed the tidal shifts as dramatically as where I am here on this rocky, glacier-carved coastline.
High tide is dramatic and feels so full. Low tide reveals something grittier, and even a little fallow. But teeming with hidden life.
I’ve noticed that we are constantly marking the day by the tides: It’s almost high-tide! It must be receding now. Careful! It’s coming back in fast. It’s not quite low-tide. We should wait.
Those highs and lows only come a few times a day. But what happens throughout the rest of the day? We are busy in the midst of actual life! And it’s a beautiful life.
I’m going to give myself a new practice: to let go of comparing my highs and lows. But rather, to practice staying in the wave of Things.
Here are some photos of this incredible place. Thank you for reading, and being here with me.
May your journey of life be full of blessings.
About Allison Mondel
Transformational Voice Coach, Singer, Teaching Artist, Director, Mentor, Speaker
I am a visionary artist, educator, and voice coach whose work stands at the intersection of vocal wellness, spiritual wisdom, and personal empowerment. With 25+ years of professional experience as a performer, teacher, and mentor, I empower others to access their innate vocal gifts through a holistic process, and ascend into their personal greatness. I have helped hundreds of students access their voice and step beyond their doubts into joyful, courageous, and purposeful self-expression.
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